Sturges Ridge of Fairfield Receives Townvibe Readers Choice Award

Fairfield’s First Assisted Living Community Opens with Much Fanfare from Local Residents

Sturges Ridge of Fairfield

It’s been less than three months since Sturges Ridge of Fairfield, a Benchmark assisted living and memory care community, opened its doors. And already, the Fairfield, Conn., community is receiving accolades.

Benchmark, a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, today announced that Sturges Ridge has received a 2019 TownVibe/Fairfield Magazine Readers Choice Award following its survey of over 1,000 local residents.

“Our founder and CEO, Tom Grape, grew up in Fairfield, and it was an important part of his life growing up. So, being a valued resource for families here is something we take to heart,” says Terry Hornikel, executive director of Sturges Ridge. “Acknowledgement by TownVibe readers that they see and appreciate what we are doing to keep Fairfield strong and generations together couldn’t make us happier. It’s a very good day!”

In September, Sturges Ridge brought assisted living to the town of Fairfield for the first time with the unique mission of providing the experiences that will keep seniors, their families and associates connected to what matters most in their lives. Located between The Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital and Fairfield Ludlowe High School, it offers 85,000 square feet of state-of-the-art assisted living apartments, memory care suites and spacious common areas, including underground parking, a rooftop patio and apartments featuring “luxury box” views of Fairfield Ludlowe High School football games.

As an extension of its commitment to elevating human connection, to date, the community has provided volunteers, supplies and funds in partnership with several local organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut, Fairfield American Little League, the Bigelow Senior Center, Al’s Angels and Operation Hope.

All Readers Choice Award winners will be announced in the 2019 Fairfield Town Guide, which will be available on Jan. 15.

About Benchmark
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark, with 6,300 associates and 58 communities, offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and skilled nursing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The organization this year was selected by FORTUNE magazine for its inaugural 2018 Best Workplaces for Aging Services list, taking the number 16 spot on the list of top 40 aging services companies and ranking number three among companies with more than 40 communities. Benchmark is one of only six companies named to The Boston GlobeTop Places to Work list every year of the 11 years it has been published. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by the Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News and Hartford Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information.

Press Contact: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications,, (603) 502-0469.

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